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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 4 February 1994 (USA)
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A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins.

Director:

Tom Shadyac

Writers:

Jack Bernstein (story), Jack Bernstein (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Ace Ventura
Courteney Cox ... Melissa Robinson
Sean Young ... Lt. Lois Einhorn
Tone Loc ... Emilio (as Tone Lõc)
Dan Marino ... Dan Marino
Noble Willingham ... Riddle
Troy Evans ... Roger Podacter
Raynor Scheine ... Woodstock
Udo Kier ... Ron Camp
Frank Adonis ... Vinnie
Tiny Ron Tiny Ron ... Roc
David Margulies ... Doctor
John Capodice ... Sgt. Aguado
Judy Clayton ... Martha Mertz
Bill Zuckert ... Mr. Finkle
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Storyline

To be a Pet Detective, you have to understand both the criminals and animals. Ace Ventura goes even further... He behaves like a criminal animal. When a football team's mascot (a dolphin) is stolen just before the Superbowl, Ace Ventura is put on the case. Now, who would want to steal a dolphin, and why? Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's the best there is! (Actually, he's the only one there is.)

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for off-color humor and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The movie contains several Batman connections. Jim Carrey played Edward Nygma/The Riddler in Batman Forever (1995). Sean Young was originally cast for the Vicki Vale role in Batman (1989) that went to Kim Basinger and attempted to land the Selina Kyle/Catwoman role in Batman Returns (1992) that went to Michelle Pfeiffer. Bill Zuckert, who plays Ray Finkle's father in this movie, appeared in the penultimate episode of Batman (1966). Courtney Cox dated Michael Keaton, one of the actors who played Batman. See more »

Goofs

When Ace enters the bathroom, before the "Mission: Impossible" music starts, one of the green towels drops from the back of the door onto the floor. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ace Ventura: Heads up! Good defense! Good defense!
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the end credits, Ace can be heard saying Tone, put that big ass size 13 on and kick it for the homies." See more »

Alternate Versions

Many scenes added in the T.V. version add missing essential story elements, making the rest of the picture more understandable. These include:
  • A scene in a bar in Ray Finkle's hometown.
  • Ace gets up on stage with the band Cannibal Corpse during the concert and sings.
  • Ace attempts to extract information crucial to locating the bar from a distraught gas station attendant.
  • Ace calls Emilio from the mental hospital and an elderly resident imitates him. Ace takes Melissa home after they leave the mental hospital and she kisses him goodnight.
  • Ace visits his hippie friend again and tries find out a connection between Einhorn and Finkle looking at their credit report. Also, Ace phones Emilio from the Mental Hospital to tell him about Finkle and Einhorn.
  • Near the end, Ace commands Snowflake to steal Einhorn's gun. Ace then tries to command Snowflake to give the gun to him, but the dolphin gives it back to Einhorn instead.
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Connections

References Super Bowl XVII (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

HAMMER SMASHED FACE
Performed by Cannibal Corpse
Written by Cannibal Corpse
Courtesy of METAL BLADE RECORDS
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A fine example of Carrey at his zany best!
18 September 2003 | by Snake-666See all my reviews

Following the kidnapping of ‘Miami Dolphins' mascot `Snowflake' Melissa (Courteney Cox) hires Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) to track the dolphin down before Superbowl Sunday.

The Nineties were generally good for Jim Carrey and ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' is a shining example of sheer Carrey hilarity! Jim Carrey plays his character with his typical, undoubtedly unrivalled, madcap charisma that has now become so famous throughout the world, yet this movie probably remains the greatest example of just how outlandish a Carrey movie can be. The plot is so thin that it becomes obvious that the story was made to suit Carrey's style rather than vice versa and surprisingly succeeds well. Carrey's extremely arrogant and oddball ‘Ace Ventura' character is unexpectedly likeable and continuously places the viewer in a fit of hysterics with the increasingly wacky scenarios he finds himself in. Carrey's off the wall antics are what made this film and direct attention away well from the flaws that the movie has.

It is safe to say that Carrey was the star and provided all the highlights of this movie and while Sean Young (playing Lt. Lois Einhorn) and Courteney Cox in some ways aided the movie they simply came off as bit-part characters rather than stars as Carrey stole the entire show. Capable direction from Tom Shadyac is a further high spot in this movie and recognition should also be given to Jack Bernstein who co-wrote an astoundingly funny script with Jim Carrey.

‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' is certainly one of the finest comedies Jim Carrey has offered the world so far and despite missing the more heart-warming moments that later films such as ‘Liar Liar' (1997) offered, is a good movie in it's own right. However, as humour is viewer dependant it would be unfair of me to say I recommend this movie to everyone. Those people who dislike many of the Jim Carrey movies will probably not enjoy this one and I can understand why some would condemn this movie as being puerile nonsense. Many of the jokes do border on bad taste and much of the movie has an atmosphere of schoolyard humour to it. I am aware that some people will not find Carrey's zany antics and silly noises funny at all. That being said I personally do enjoy this movie and feel that fans of Jim Carrey and many other people will find this entertaining fun. To sum up – I feel this is an enjoyable movie for teenagers, young adults and probably for the more open-minded older audience despite being somewhat childish and risqué. Not for everyone though. My rating for ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' – 7/10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,115,105, 6 February 1994

Gross USA:

$72,217,396

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,217,396
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV) | (Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo | Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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